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Blinken arrived in Brazil to meet with Lula amid diplomatic tensions with Israel

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Blinken arrived in Brazil to meet with Lula amid diplomatic tensions with Israel

The head of US diplomacy, Antony Blinken, arrived in Brazil on Tuesday, amid a diplomatic crisis with Israel after President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva compared the war in Gaza to the Holocaust.

Blinken arrived in Brasilia for the beginning of a trip that will also take him to Argentina. In the Brazilian capital, he will meet with Lula on Wednesday. This meeting follows Lula’s controversial remarks accusing Israel of committing “genocide” against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and comparing the Israeli offensive to the extermination of Jews by the Nazis.

Israel declared Lula “persona non grata” through its foreign minister, Israel Katz, after his comments. The United States has stated its disagreement with Lula’s comments, with State Department spokesman Matthew Miller saying, “We do not believe that a genocide has occurred in Gaza.”

The war in Gaza was triggered by a Hamas attack in southern Israel, leading to a significant loss of life on both sides. Amidst this crisis, Blinken will also participate in a meeting of G20 foreign ministers in Rio de Janeiro, which is expected to include the presence of the Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov.

Relations between the United States and Brazil have improved since Lula’s return to power. The two leaders share goals about fighting global warming, defending workers’ rights, and democratic values, but differ on issues such as Russia’s actions in Ukraine and the situation in Venezuela.

This meeting is seen as an opportunity for the US to reaffirm its commitment to the region and to address challenges such as the crisis in Haiti. However, there is a belief among Brazilians that the Biden administration has little interest in Latin America, and that the relationship between the two countries has not fully lived up to its potential.

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